KARNATAKA

Notice to KFCC on films dubbing issue

The dubbing controversy has come back to haunt the entertainment industry in the State with the Competition Commission of India issuing a notice to Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) and four of its subsidiary organisations, seeking an explanation for stopping dubbed films and television serials.

According to KFCC president B.N. Vijaya Kumar, the notice has been sent to the Kannada Film Producers Association, the Kannada Film Directors Association, the Karnataka Chalanachitra Karmikara Kalavidara Tantrajnara Okkoota and the Karnataka Television Associations.

Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Vijaya Kumar said that notice was sent following a petition filed by the Karnataka Grahakara Sangha seeking a direction from the commission to extend the benefit of savouring good quality films and television serials to Kannada audience.

On receiving the notice, representatives of the KFCC and its subsidiary organisations held a meeting with the former Union Minister and veteran actor Ambarish, Parvathamma Rajkumar and Shivarajkumar and other industry leaders.

Meeting

“A meeting has been convened on Thursday to discuss the issue and to find a legal solution to the issue,” Mr. Vijaya Kumar said.

Consultation with legal experts had commenced and counsel for the industry would attend the hearing fixed by the commission, he said.

‘Only a letter’

Meanwhile, head of the Karnataka Television Association B. Suresh, he said that what the association received was not a notice but a letter from the commission. However, the entertainment industry did not come under the purview of the commission whose jurisdiction was over goods and services.

“Cinema and television serials are part of art and concerned with the connoisseurs, rather than consumers,” he said.

Entertainment was not consumer goods, which had an expiry date. Entertainment would fetch to the needs of an “appreciator” not a “consumer”, he said. An explanation would be given to the commission, he added.



It follows a petition by Karnataka Grahakara Sangha

It is seeking a chance to watch good films


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